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Royal & Langnickel Essentials Sketching Pencil Set, 21-Piece Reviews







Royal & Langnickel Essentials Sketching Pencil Set, 21-Piece

  • Essentials by Royal & Langnickel are the “must have” artist materials to begin exploring your artistic side
  • This set offers a carefully chosen variety of the different sketching tools for the pencil artist
  • Includes 8 graphite pencils (4H, 2H, H, HB, B, 2B, 4B, 6B), 3 sketching sticks, 3 charcoal sticks, 3 charcoal pencils, 1 woodless graphite pencil, 1 white eraser, 1 kneadable eraser and 1 sharpener

Royal & Langnickel Essentials graphite sketching set includes all the necessary tools needed to start your art adventure today. This set includes excellent quality graphite pencils, graphite and charcoal sticks, charcoal pencils, woodless graphite pencil, erasers, and sharpener for the pencil artist. This set is an exceptional value; it contains 21 high grade sketching tools packed in a transparent clamshell for storage and organization.

List Price: $ 7.99

Price: $ 7.99

3 Comments/Reviews

  • Michael says:
    665 of 683 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    There’s better. Much Better, August 18, 2012
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    Michael

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    When I first started out doing art I didn’t care so much about quality. I just wanted pencils that did the trick. Having more experience under my belt I see that quality does matter to a certain degree; and this kit fails to impress me in that area.

    The pencils included are cheaply made, which makes them a pain to sharpen. Too much energy is spent trying to sharpen them that you’ll forget that you’re working on a drawing.

    The white eraser is a bit too gummy like, a few uses and I already feel the structure beginning to weaken…

    The sharpener is OK. But there are better ones (See my list below after review)

    The only thing I liked about this kit were the charcoal sticks. I like to sharpen mine with sandpaper and these do produce nice dark tones.

    This product receives two stars because it really isn’t the kind of quality you should be seeking out in your practices. In the end the flaws just add aggravation which can easily be remedied by buying a better quality.

    If you want to REALLY get a good start at art (or good quality for continuing art), then I’d suggest the following:

    (Pencils)

    You can’t go wrong with either Faber-castell or Staedtler. I myself use the Staedtler Mars Lumograph. You can find these in kits, containing various degrees (A good range for the beginner would generally be 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, 7B and 8B. Pencils ending in H are harder and thus produce lighter tones while pencils ending in B are softer and produce darker tones.) What will also work are the Ticonderoga pencils, which come in packs of 12.

    (Erasers)

    I recommend the Staedtler White eraser (which is fairly cheap. Mine cost me about 2$ for a fairly good-sized stick), but Pentel also works just as well. As for kneaded erasers, these are usually used to eraser thicker, heavier material like charcoal, but I recommend either Sanford or Prismacolor. Do not use any pink erasers for art, They leave a nasty pinkish residue on your paper and don’t erase as good as the white (Infact, the only thing I ever use pink erasers for now is erasing stuff off of walls and desks.)

    (Paper)

    You’ll see terms such as 15lb or 60lb. These indicate the thickness of the paper, with standard copy paper being 20lb and bristol pads coming in weights around 90 to 300 lb. Higher weights are for mediums such as painting, charcoal, ink pencil, etc., Each paper also has its own texture, with some more coarse or more smooth than others.

    Hot pressed paper means that it has a smooth texture which is ideal for drawing detail and drawing with graphite and pen.

    Cold-pressed paper on the other hand has a coarse texture to it, which means that it is more absorbent and allows for layer build up, and so this is ideal for painting.

    You’ll want to choose texture based on which medium you’ll be using. Acid-free paper is preferred as a high level of acid will tend to ruin your artwork with time. I’d advise not to buy expensive paper if you’re just starting out and just stick with printer paper. It’s cheap and you’ll be making a lot of practice sketches to burn through your supply. Strathmore is a great choice. They make paper for all kinds of mediums.

    (Sharpeners)
    You’ll want one similar to the one included in this package, but bought from an art/ office supply store. The one included in the package was not as good as the metal one I picked up from Michael’s for about two dollars. But if you REALLY want to get serious with it, I’d spend a bit more and get the KUM long-point sharpener. I use it almost exclusively and it is the best sharpener I’ve ever used. You can buy them here on Amazon or at any other art supply website (I’ve yet to see them sold in a store, unfortunately.) But it’s a bit more expensive than your average sharpener (Mine was $10, shipping included). But it’s well worth it, considering the fact that you save more wood and get to the point easier and faster. (Staedtler also sells a sharpener that is well-received here on Amazon. I’ve never tried it but it has glowing reviews)

    Overall, don’t get this kit; infact, don’t get a “Kit,” at all. Do a bit of research and get supplies separately. It’s a bit more painstaking but in the end you’re getting better quality products. You may save time and cash going for this product, but you’ll be doing yourself, or that aspiring artist you know, a great disservice by giving them a poorly-made product.

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  • Pumibel says:
    62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Does the job for sketching- Great variety of media for the price, June 17, 2015
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    Pumibel (NC) –

    This review is from: Royal & Langnickel Essentials Sketching Pencil Set, 21-Piece (Home)
    I bought this set out of sheer desperation because there are no art supply stores around for miles, and I was feeling artsy. I already have a lot of different graphite media, but I needed some more of the softest B degree pencils, and I try not to use my more expensive brands just for sketching. That said, this set is fine for sketching and even for creating more detailed drawings, but it is not a professional grade set. I knew that from the start, so I was not expecting these to perform like the Staetdler Lumograph , Derwent, and Prismacolor Turquoise pencils I use for finished drawings.

    With the Royal and Langnickel set you get a nice variety of drawing media in various degrees of softness at a very reasonable price. It gives a beginning artist or student a chance to use charcoal sticks and pencils (great fun, awesome learning tools) as well as graphite. I had fun with the graphite sticks too- these are nice when you want to block in large square objects like buildings or fill in large areas with tone. They are messy, so if you are shopping for art supplies for young kids, be warned. Bits of charcoal and graphite will find their way into the carpet, where everyone will tramp in it and grind the stains really well. Hard to clean graphite and charcoal out of carpets and upholstery- I know from much experience.

    The erasers are so-so, and I rarely use the little sharpeners, so I cannot comment on that. I bout this set for the pencils and drawing sticks (comes with velvety smooth vine charcoal too!), so I am not bothered by the lower quality erasers. I am going to attach a couple of photos to show one of my sketches I made with items from the set. I used most of the graphite pencils, hard and soft, for this piece, but I supplemented with a couple degrees of Lumograph too- I keep all kinds of stuff in the case with its original contents, as you can see in the one photo.

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  • sunnysideup says:
    16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Smooth, but some of the pencils are hard to erase., November 16, 2015
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    sunnysideup (Idaho) –

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    We bought these for my daughter who loves to draw!
    This is a pack of 9 graphite pencils, 3 charcoal pencils, 2 erasers, a sharpener, 3 graphite sticks, and 3 charcoal sticks.

    The graphite pencils come in H, B, HB, 2H, 2B, 4H, 4B, 6B, and there is an 88 that is a full graphite pencil, no wood in the pencil at all. All of the graphite pencils work great and are very smooth. The only problem with them is the lighter colored ones don’t erase very easy, the dark ones do.

    The three charcoal pencils come in hard, medium, and soft, none of which she has used.
    Of the two erasers, one is a plastic eraser, and one is a kneeded eraser, both of which wok good.
    The charcoal sticks also come in hard, medium, and soft, and the graphite sticks come in 2B, 4B, and 6B, all of which have not been used either.

    The sharpener on the other hand has been used and is sharp and works great.
    I gave this 4 stars because of the light graphite pencils not erasing well.

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